This article mobilizes story-telling to narrate my lived experience of teaching English as a minority academic in one Australian university. Positioning myself as living ‘in-between’ two cultures and as an ‘Other’, I tell my story of how I have been ‘racialized’ and ‘Othered’ because I do not look White, and my spoken English is distinctly accented; hence, my legitimacy of teaching English is held suspect. My story contributes to the theorizing of the sociology of the in-between with the argument that while living in-between culture can be a space of negativity, it can also be a space of empowerment if one exercises choice and agency by forging new spaces. I end my story-telling with a happy ending by presenting a contrasting story of how my run-away from Australia to (a new space in) Hong Kong to teach English has reaffirmed my cultural capital as I morph into a different ‘Other’. Copyright © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
|Journal||Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education|
|Publication status||Published - May 2012|
CitationKoh, A. (2012). 'In-between' Asia and Australia: On the politics of teaching English as the 'Other'. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 33(2), 167-178.
- Third space politics
- English language teaching